Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Mercedes confirmed they have requested the right to review the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Hamilton had one of his great drives to climb from P10 – after suffering a five-place grid penalty due to a new engine – and take the chequered flag at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The result means the Brit has closed the gap on championship leader Verstappen ahead of the final three races.

On lap 48 at Interlagos on Sunday, the two rivals were battling for the lead with Hamilton’s Mercedes appearing to narrowly edge ahead of the Red Bull, which was on the inside.

Verstappen ran wide and the move forced both drivers off the track, with the Dutchman holding the lead for a few more laps before the seven-time world champion finally took the lead.

While Hamilton took the lead and win anyway, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Verstappen should have received a penalty.

An investigation was deemed unnecessary after the FIA consulted footage provided by broadcast cameras – but Verstappen’s on-board footage could be reviewed by the FIA after Mercedes confirmed they have requested the right to review the footage themselves.

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